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Monday, November 9, 2009
Thumbelina (Picture Book)
Released October 2009
Reviewed by Bob Walch
Brian Alderson revisits Hans Christian Andersen's classic story as he retells the misadventures of a diminutive little girl who encounters some kind and not so kind creatures who make big plans for her future.
First, Mrs. Toad tries to kidnap Thumbelina so she can wed the girl to her precious son Toadikins, but the girl escapes with the help of some friendly fish. Then, she is captured by a maybug but the insect eventually sets Thumbelina free.
When Mrs. Fieldmouse enters the child's life it seems to be an improvement. But initial appearances can be deceiving, as we discover when
it becomes clear Mrs. Fieldmouse wants to marry off Thumbelina to a pompous, old mole.
Fortunately, a swallow intervenes on her wedding day and whisks the blond haired girl away and takes her to be with her "own kind" - a band of Crystal Fairies.
Combined with some beautiful illustrations by Bagram Ibatoulline, this new version of the Andersen story will introduce a whole new generation of youngsters to the famous tale of a girl no bigger than your thumb.